Connectus Celebrates National Midwifery Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- National Midwifery Week is Sunday Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 6, and Connectus Midwifery and Women’s Health will mark the week-long occasion with free preventive services and educational events.

National Midwifery Week was begun by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to raise awareness about the important role midwives play for women and families.

“Midwifery is a concept that a lot of people are unfamiliar with entirely or have a misconception about,” Suzanne Hurley, co-CEO of Connectus Health, said. “Our midwifery team is comprised of incredibly knowledgeable certified nurse-midwives who offer a full spectrum of services to women of all ages in our community.”

Throughout the week, Connectus Health will provide free clinical breast exams, breast cancer screenings, mammogram referrals, STD tests and pap smears at its Vine Hill (601 Benton Avenue in Nashville) and Priest Lake (2637 Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch) locations. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Vine Hill; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Priest Lake; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at both locations. Walk-ins are welcomed, the Vine Hill Clinic is open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Connectus will also host a “Meet the Midwives” event at its Vine Hill Clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m., offering current and potential patients the opportunity to tour the clinic and learn more from the Connectus team of certified nurse midwives. A tour of the Birthing Center at St. Thomas Midtown, where Connectus Midwifery attends births, will follow at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Those who RSVP by Oct. 1 will receive dinner at Connectus, as well as transportation to and from St. Thomas Midtown. Those interested can email info@connectus.org or call (615) 292-9770 to reserve their spots.

“Our team is incredibly proud of what we do and the strong relationships that we establish with our patients,” Lisa Blount, Senior Certified Nurse-Midwife at Connectus, said. “We are hoping to meet lots of potential patients at our event and walk them through what the typical birthing process looks like at Connectus Midwifery from start to finish.”

Connectus Midwifery & Women's Health offers a full range of women’s health services, including prenatal, delivery and pediatric care; birth planning assistance; counseling services on site; on-call midwife available after hours; family planning; contraception care; gynecological procedures and preventative services.

To learn more about the National Midwifery Week or Connectus Health, call (615) 292-9770 or visit www.connectus.org or www.facebook.com/connectushealthmidwifery.

Maggie Forester